You can help celebrate The Week of the Young Child this week

Come one, come all, it’s a community celebration!  Idaho, along with all other states, is celebrating our youngest citizens this week… our CHILDREN!

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) during the last full week in April. Throughout the week, Idahoans will be celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families.

weekofyoungchild.jpgThe National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.  Members work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. Locally, the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children leads the celebration efforts with community events across the state.  Statewide, each early childhood education program celebrates uniquely.  For families and community members, this is a great time to show appreciation to the special professionals that serve young children. 

Caring for Idaho’s children is an important and valuable profession.  To learn more about how to get involved with an affiliate site, check out for more information.

To join the celebration, here are some suggestions for ways to enjoy this special week:

  • Music Monday: Make music with a child in your life, or thank a music educator. Sing along to the radio, dance, or clap along with a child’s favorite song.
  • Tasty Tuesday: Try making something tasty together as a family. (Tacos can be a healthy meal to share.)
  • Work Together Wednesday: Work with a child to accomplish something together. Build with blocks, make a fort out of couch pillows, or try a new skill together like sewing.
  • Thankful Thursday / Artsy Thursday: Use any art materials you have on hand to make, create, and problem solve. Make a thank you note for someone in your life who cares about children.
  • Family Friday: Every family is wonderfully unique! Share a picture, a child’s drawing, or stories about your family on social media or in a note to a teacher or friend. Include #IdahoFamilyFriday and we may repost your photo on our Twitter or Facebook pages.

To find additional activities to celebrate with your children, visit

By Ericka Rupp, program manager, and Aubrie McArthur, program specialist for the Idaho Child Care Program in the Division of Welfare.

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